Stroke! Stroke! Big Bucks Lead Herd of Swimming Deer

Did you know that deer can swim and are pretty doggone good at it?

It seems strange that a long-legged deer with cloven hooves could easily swim and maneuver in water, but they can. Even big bucks, like the ones leading this herd of deer across a slough in Alabama in 2014.

Deer that live on big islands in rivers, like the Mississippi River, often have to swim to safety on the main shore when big floods hit. Likewise, the adaptable critters find safety in high spots in swamps and thick marshes, like in Georgia, Louisiana and Florida, for example, and then scamper to safety through the water or swim away, if need be.

Pretty cool video. Hat tip to Paul Leopard for the neat footage.

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